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Poster: midnight sun Date: Mar 27, 2007 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JG/FZ: Comparison Shopping

You’re right, Zappa never tolerated drug use amongst the band members...and for good reason…for the most part his charts ranged from extremely difficult to near impossible

but surely he must have cut some slack for the lunatic vocalists Fluorescent Leech and Eddie (?)

“Not Just Another Band From LA”

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 27, 2007 3:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JG/FZ: Comparison Shopping

I heard some of his band members used to to try to sneak hits off a joint or do shots while FZ wasn't looking...like teenagers trying to raid their parents' liquor cabinets before they got home...don't know if any of that is actually true or not, but FZ WAS notoriously anti-substance, especially as you note, among his own band members.

he was positively James Brown-like in demanding perfection from them, and yep, it was NOT easy given his conplicated orchestral arrangements. For sure, one of the biggest differences between FZ and the Dead (Jerry and the boys not exactly known for their polished performances!)

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Poster: BryanE Date: Mar 27, 2007 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JG/FZ: Comparison Shopping

They played Southern Illinois University when I saw them on the Tinseltown Rebellion tour. A friend of mine ran into Ray White and Ike Willis at a party after the show. They both took a few hits off a joint, saying, "Don't be tellin' Frank about this. He'll shit!"

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